Human Services > Personal Care Services

Projected Growth: Faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, shampooing, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.

Common job titles of Barbers include:

Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 28.7% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.

  • 24.55% said they needed a High School Diploma.

Tasks & Responsibilities

Wondering what Barbers REALLY do throughout a day at work? Perhaps you should know what you’ll be doing all day before pursuing a career. So here are some tasks that Barbers can be found doing during the work day. Hover over each task for information about relevance and importance. Scroll further to find a list of other careers that have similar tasks.

Essential Tasks

    Drape and pin protective cloths around customers' shoulders.

    Question patrons regarding desired services and haircut styles.

    Record services provided on cashiers' tickets or receive payment from customers.

    Perform clerical and administrative duties such as keeping records, paying bills, and hiring and supervising personnel.

    Provide skin care and nail treatments.

    Clean work stations and sweep floors.

    Cut and trim hair according to clients' instructions or current hairstyles, using clippers, combs, hand-held blow driers, and scissors.

    Clean and sterilize scissors, combs, clippers, and other instruments.

    Stay informed of the latest styles and hair care techniques.

    Shape and trim beards and moustaches, using scissors.

    Suggest treatments to alleviate hair problems.

    Recommend and sell lotions, tonics, or other cosmetic supplies.

    Apply lather and shave beards or neck and temple hair contours, using razors.

    Keep card files on clientele, recording notes of work done, products used and fees charged after each visit.

    Measure, fit, and groom hairpieces.

    Identify hair problems, using microscopes and testing devices, or by sending clients' hair samples out to independent laboratories for analysis.

Regular Tasks

    Shampoo hair.

Occasional Tasks

    Curl, color, or straighten hair, using special chemical solutions and equipment.

    Order supplies.

    Provide face, neck, and scalp massages.

What Tools and Technologies do Barbers use?

The future of work is gonna be… techy🤖. No matter the career path, you’ll have to understand what the experts use to get the job done. Employers want to see practical experience with these tools and technologies. Use these lists to figure out what tools you need to learn and see trends about up and coming tech. Scroll further to find a list of other careers that use similar tools.


Whet stones

Vent brushes

Thinning shears


Straightening irons

Straight-bladed scissors

Straight razors

All Tools

Spray bottles

Shaving brushes

Round brushes

Rat tail combs

Protective capes

Pointed tweezers

Latherizing machines

Laptop computers

Hot air brushes

Handheld electric hair clippers

Handheld blow dryers

Hair styling combs

Facial hair trimmers

Electric shavers

Desktop computers

Curling irons

Barber scissors

Adjustable barber chairs




Appointment scheduling software

Customer information databases

Point of sale POS payment software

What Skills Do Barbers Need to Have?

Let’s be real… take a look in the mirror! Do you have the what it takes to join the other Barbers? The Skills? The Ability to succeed? If so, and you enjoy using these skills, then this job is for you. If not, GOOD NEWS, you can always pick up a new skill if you’re willing to put in the effort 💪


Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


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Everything Barbers Should Know…

Barbers typically have vast knowledge of the subjects below. Think about this a lot… if you’re not a fan of the subjects, chances are this career isn’t for you. But, there’s plenty of time to learn and continue to learn throughout your career 🎓


Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Economics and Accounting

Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.


Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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